‘The most beautiful aircraft ever designed’ is how many would describe the Spitfire. Together with the legendary and more numerous fighter of the era, the Hurricane, this aircraft was successfully used in 1940 to halt the might of the advancing German war machine. The Hurricane was a sound aircraft, often ‘the fighter pilot’s choice’, being both sturdy and offering an excellent gun platform.
But many other aircraft also played their part in defending the British shores from a vast and well equipped German Air Force.
Just why was the Messerschmitt Bf 109E a better aircraft than the RAF’s defending aircraft during the early stages of the battle? Why did the Hurricane shoot down three times more German bombers than the Spitfire? Why was the Heinkel He 111 the most successful bomber of the era? Why was the Stuka dive bomber so feared? What happened to the squadrons of Defiants that experienced such mixed fortunes that summer? How did the Germans develop such a vast and advanced airforce in the light of the restrictions placed on them after the First World War at the Treaty of Versailles?
These unique DVDs answer these questions, examining the significance of the technology behind the different aircraft in the Battle of Britain.
Release Date: 12 July 2010
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification